Robert Rapaport, MD, is professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He holds the Emma Elizabeth Sullivan Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Chair at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr Rapaport is a long-time member of the Pediatric Endocrine Society, the Endocrine Society, and the Growth Hormone Research Society and has served in various capacities in these organizations. He is an elected member of the American Pediatric Society. Dr Rapaport is also active in both the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, the Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism, Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews, and other publications. Currently, he is a senior editor of Endocrine Connections and the Journal of Diabetes, among others. He has published numerous peer-reviewed publications, chapters, and reviews and more recently served as editor of several editions of Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America dedicated to Pediatric endocrinology.
Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
Dr. Bittmann has started research in the area of ??"virtual reality" for the treatment of disabled children with diseases such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and congenital syndromes. Under the name of "Handicap Lab", initial attempts are being made on disabled children to condition and improve the cognitive and motor functions, which are for the most part severely limited in these children, using "virtual reality". The children immerse themselves in a virtual world that encourages them to perform certain tasks and movements. The first attempts by means of VR glasses are to generate motor movements to train the mostly atrophic muscles of these children and to promote cognitive abilities. In Germany, this research is still in its infancy, in the US, some studies are already on this interesting topic (see work by Judith German, University of Washington, Seattle published 2017 in the journal "Pediatric Physical Therapy": "Virtual Reality and Serious Games in Neurorehabilitation of Children and Adults: Prevention, Plasticity, and Participation "). First experiments are carried out on cerebral paretic children. We will report on the first results and experiences on the Ped Mind page.
HANDICAP LAB": Establishment of a Research Group for Virtual Reality for the Treatment of Disabled Children